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    Oxford University Press | OALD home page
    This is Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, my favorite one.
    Could somebody suggest what does (-nn-) mean in the article abot the word "ban"?

    I can't find explanation for it.

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    Re: Oald

    Can't track the article you refer to, but the word banns is the term for the required public announcements of a marriage in church.

    The word bann [now obsolete] is the original plural of "ban".

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    I think the label ‘(-nn-)‘ means when you change the verb to its past, past participle or present participle, you have to add an ‘n’ to the listed verb: banned, banning. For example, look for the verb ‘nab’, you’ll see the same symbol and it just means adding ‘–n’ to its inflections.

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    Re: Oald

    Maybe this link will work better:
    www.oup.com/elt/oald

    But you will have to choose your country.

    Yes, I can understand what the word means. But what is (-nn-) is a question.

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    You must be right. Thank you.

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    Got there in the end, and of course Buddhaheart is quite correct. it is to indicate the doubling of the "n" in participles.

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    #7

    Re: Oald

    Thank you.

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    Re: Oald

    The question is answered.
    Last edited by WilhelmFriedrichJonson; 17-Sep-2008 at 01:53. Reason: Superfluous

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